As part of our commitment to engagement with our members in England and Wales we have put together a list of answers to members' frequently asked questions.
Yes. Please contact the Registrar's team at firstname.lastname@example.org with your new details or indeed any changes to your professional circumstances.
No. The SSLL are a social group most famous for their Burns Supper celebration. We work to support each other with the solicitor network outside Scotland at events. You can find details of the society on their LinkedIn page.
Members receive access to a range of member support and services including:
Member benefits include discounts and offers on a range of products and services covering everything from car insurance to hotels and business wear.
There is also our Professional Practice team, with lawyers that that can assist you in complete confidence with enquiries on legal practice.
You can find out more about your membership entitlements as a practising certificate holder on our membership and fees pages.
We have detailed information elsewhere on the website about acting as a notary public in Scotland.
The situation in England and Wales is different. The Legal Services Act 2007 defines who can practice as a notary in England and Wales and Scottish notaries are presently prohibited from acting in England and Wales. We are examining other options to come to a resolution and will report when there are further developments.
If you are not a Scottish notary and would like to become one, as Council member for England and Wales Naomi Pryde can witness your oath and swear you in to enable you to become a Scottish notary public.
If you have not taken and passed the Qualified Lawyers Transfer Scheme (QLTS), then it is appropriate for the majority of our members in England and Wales to sign off their work with the title “Solicitor, Scottish Qualified”.
The QLTS allows those who already qualified as lawyers in other jurisdictions to qualify as a solicitor of England and Wales without having to complete the full education and training requirements. For further information on this please contact the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority (SRA) or find further information on their website.
The Smartcard is a photographic ID for solicitors holding a Scottish practicing certificate. Importantly, it is also an electronic ID with a secure digital signature.
We have a whole section of our website dedicated to Smartcard where you can find further information.
If you are based outside Scotland and would like to receive your Smartcard please contact Fraser Hudghton
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